In collaboration with the Latvian festival Skaņu Mežs, the electronic music festival Insomnia has started to work on LYRA - a project aimed at kids and teens that is supported by the EEA Grants and Norway Grants funded by Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway.

The project aims to introduce kids and teenagers to experimental music and to get them involved in its creation. As it is democratic and non-hierarchical in essence, experimental music gives trained and untrained kids the chance to take part in making music. Since the project crosses social and ethnic divides, it is also socially inclusive.

For the first phase of the project, norwegian artist and composer Jenny Berger Myhre together with artist and writer Annie Bielski has interpreted the fairy tale 'The Grinder'. On latvian side of the project, composer Linda Leimane and video artist Mārtiņš Grauds are presenting a work that springs out from a series of latvian fairytales about animals.

For Insomnia it is important to salute the electronic music tradition in Tromsø. A tradition that has raised (and exported) many local stars within the genre. We see it as precarious to put focus on facilitating sound- and listening experiences for kids and teens.

LYRA receives grants in the amount of EUR 206,256.00 within the framework of the EEA Grants and Norway Grants funded by Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway.

Total LYRA eligible costs: EUR 202,510.00, European Economic Area financial instrument programme Local Development, Poverty Reduction and Culture Cooperation support sum: 85% or EUR 85,000.00, of which:
European Economic Area financial instrument co-financing: 85% or EUR 175,317.60;
State Budget co-financing: 15% or EUR 30,938.40.